There’s No Good Way to Kill a Bad Idea

Millions of people refuse to recognize man-made climate change. Americans spend billions on homeopathy. Around 12 million people believe that lizards are secretly ruling the world. The world is filled with bad, baseless, factually inaccurate ideas that refuse to die. Philosopher Russell ... Read & React

Treating the Invisible Wounds of War

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Combat-related concussions, depression, and combat stress once were referred to as shell shock or the thousand-yard stare. During World War I, warfighters were reluctant to discuss the psychiatric fallout from battlefield operations for fear they would be considered weak, or worse. Fortunately, ... Read & React

The Fear of Feelings at Work

It’s clear which emotions are acceptable at work: Happiness and enthusiasm are welcomed, but sadness and fear are usually awkward and taboo. That’s likely why workers tend to cry in the bathroom but smile at their desks. While emotions such as fear or sadness are perceived negatively by ... Read & React

How to Maximize Employee Performance

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

President Trump’s March 13 executive order, which requires agencies to develop plans to reorganize federal departments, potentially could lead to the most far reaching civil service reform in at least a century. It is badly needed. As OMB Director Mick Mulvaney noted in his guidance to agencies ... Read & React

The Real Problem With Standing Desks, According to Evolutionary Psychology

by Leah Fessler

Nope, it’s not the back aches or foot pain. If you can’t concentrate while working at a standing desk, it’s probably because your primal brain is subconsciously making eye-friends with all your coworkers. We have evolved to do this because being attuned to others’ emotions is essential for ... Read & React

The Big Challenge for Senior Executives: Confronting Complexity

by Thad Allen

The following is one of a series of chapters Government Executive is excerpting from a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration and edited by Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen. Click here for more ... Read & React

Trump’s Next 1,360 Days

by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

The scorekeeping over President Trump’s first 100 days in office has grown, of course, completely out of hand. If we’ve learned anything about his presidency, it’s that if you’ve seen one day of his term, you’ve seen one day of his term. One day does not predict the next. What really matters is ... Read & React

Leadership and Shifting Baseline Syndrome

The term Shifting Baseline Syndrome describes the acceptance of changes in baseline measures in a system over time. This syndrome masks or distorts reality. An ecologist who takes key measures of an ecosystem at one point and time and references those as her baseline for research, masks the ... Read & React

Courage, Integrity and Accountability at the CIA

The memorial wall at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
by Michael V. Hayden

The following is one of a series of chapters Government Executive is excerpting from a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration and edited by Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen. Click here for more ... Read & React

Drinking Four Cups of Coffee Is Probably Safe

by James Hamblin, MD

“Bring it!” That’s what a Los Angeles news anchor said earlier this month, in response to the announcement that “the world’s strongest coffee” is now available in the United States. The product is called Black Insomnia, a playful nod to a potentially debilitating medical condition that can be ... Read & React

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